Monday, January 3, 2011

Magazine angers NW Tuna trollers

Oregon albacore advocates are reeling over a widely read publication's warning of high levels of mercury in white tuna.

– Coos Bay World

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N. Cal crab slowing

"I thought there were going to be more crab this year," said Rick Shepherd shortly after his boat, Sunset, had docked. "I'm kind of hoping with less gear in the water it will last a little longer, but it's definitely tapering off."

– Crescent City Triplicate

Alaska fish commish 'competent'

Ms. Campbell appears to be a competent administrator with competent assistants.

– Wayne E. Heimer, who worked 25 years at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, writing in the Fairbanks News Miner.

Canadians watching Alaska Yukon rules

Tough conservation measures being promised by Alaskan regulators on the Yukon River Chinook salmon fishery are being watched closely by fisheries officials on the Canadian side of the river.


Good news for Copper River

Commercial fishermen can expect to net 1.18 million sockeye salmon and 9,200 Chinook this season at the famed Copper River.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Alaska Fisheries Report

A king gillnet fishery is unlikely for the Stikine and Taku rivers; re-introduced sea-otters apparently breed like rabbits, and Cora Campbell is finding the road to the commissioner's office a little rough.

– KMXT, Kodiak
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More sea lions shot in N. Cal

Wildlife officials have seen a slight rise in the shooting of ocean mammals in recent years, and investigators often struggle to find a culprit.

– Coos Bay World


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wesley's top stories for 2010

Deckboss took a few minutes over the weekend to review the news of 2010 and compile this Top 10 list of the biggest stories. By all means, tell me where I've gone wrong!

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Laine's top stories for 2010

Alaska's seafood industry worked hard this year to ramp up its message to policy makers, especially those from rail belt regions who tend to overlook the industry's economic significance.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in SitNews, Ketchikan

Chile cuts hake harvest

The National Fisheries Council approved a quota of 48,000 tonnes of South Pacific hake (Merluccius gayi gayi) for 2011 – a 13 percent cut from last year.


Sacramento salmon doing better

Not all the news for Delta fish is bad, though. Salmon returns this year have been the strongest in a couple of years, leading to optimism that anglers may get more than the paltry eight-day fishing season commercial fishermen got in off California in 2010 — a season that followed two years of unprecedented closures.

– Monterey Herald

City to run old Fred Wahl shipyard site

It's a done deal, at long last. The Port of Toledo officially owns the former Fred Wahl Marine Shipyard site.

– Newport News Times

Unalaska eyes memorial for those lost

Unalaska City Council has floated an idea for a new amenity at the Carl E. Moses Small Boat Harbor: A memorial to those who have lost their lives to the Bering Sea.

– Dutch Harbor Fisherman

Gulf fishing nets kill more turtles than BP oil

While nearly all the rescued sea turtles were visibly oiled, to our surprise, most of the dead stranded sea turtles had no observable oil on their bodies and were in good health prior to their death.

– NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco, writing in the Miami (Fla.) Herald

Fishermen wary about wave power

Crabs and power generation seem to be an odd combination for conflict. But along the Pacific Coast using ocean waves for power creation is making crab harvesters, well, crabby.

– Spokane Spokesman Review

Fishing first aid classes

Topics include cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold-water near-drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization techniques, first-aid kits and more.

When: Friday, Jan. 21, or Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Nordby Conference Room, Nordby Bldg.
Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle

The fee for the workshop is $80. Space is limited, so pre-registration is advised.

To register or for more information, contact Sarah Fisken, Washington Sea Grant Marine Education coordinator, at (206) 543-1225 or


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alaska trollers due money

Commercial salmon trollers have until Feb. 25 to apply for money meant to offset a drop in king salmon catches allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

– KFSK, Petersburg


SF fishermen due oil spill money

Approximately 120 Bay Area commercial fishermen will split a $3.6 million settlement from two shipping firms involved in the Cosco Busan oil spill in 2007, according to attorney Stuart Gross.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Money tips for fishermen

The start of a new year is a fine time to assess your finances. For you fishermen out there, here's some help courtesy of Alaska Sea Grant.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Boat refloated near Neah Bay

The state Department of Ecology, Coast Guard and Makah tribe responded to the 88-foot Kristena Rose after the boat ran aground at Shipwreck Point on Monday evening.

– Peninsula Daily News

Cal crab boat stuck in surf

The U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish & Game assembled at Half Moon Bay State Park and Beach to begin efforts to remove a 65-foot commercial fishing boat that ran aground about 1 a.m. Tuesday. All three people on board got off safely.

– KGO, San Francisco

B.C. anglers fear shortened halibut season

The recreational fishing industry on British Columbia's coast stands to lose millions of dollars if the limits on halibut quotas are reduced and the 2011 season is shortened, some of the province's anglers say.

– Vancouver Sun

Editorial: Grays Harbor tidal power

Tidal power projects like the one being planned by the Pacific and Grays Harbor County public utility districts are loaded with potential.

– Daily Astorian

Currency rates hurt Chilean fish farmers

The strengthening peso had made many exports from Chile like wine, wood products, and fish more expensive in foreign markets.

– Vancouver Sun


Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Ratz groundfish fishery delayed

A new rationalization system was originally slated to begin Jan. 1, but was delayed when elements of the new program were not ready on time.
– Daily Astorian

Lawsuit over sea lion measures

As expected, commercial fishing groups have gone to court in an effort to block federal restrictions on fish harvests in the Aleutians.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Oregon reserves plan heads to Legislature

Oregon's legislature could soon immerse itself in discussions about three additional marine reserve site recommendations that received consensus support from the state's Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) in December.

– Newport News Times

Kodiak processor changes name

Island Seafoods is now officially Pacific Seafoods, taking the name of the Portland, Oregon-based company that bought it in 2003.

– KMXT, Kodiak
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'Co-management' essential for fisheries

The framework, based on shared responsibility between the government and local fishers, is the "only realistic solution" to the problems fisheries face, said lead researcher Nicolas Gutierrez, who studies aquatic and fisheries science.

– Vancouver Sun

B.C. charters to meet about halibut quota

The general manager of Ucluelet's largest sports-fishing resort has called an emergency town hall meeting to discuss the 2011 halibut fishery.

– WestCoaster, B.C.

Record tuna brings $396,000

A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market.

– The Oregonian

Feds demand cleaner Klamath River

Federal regulators ordered major reductions in the amount of pollution that pours into the Klamath River, an action that American Indians and environmentalists touted as a milestone in the fight to restore once-thriving salmon runs to Northern California.

– San Francisco Chronicle


Agencies work together on Tongass river

In a unique public-private partnership, a group of government and non-government agencies in the Tongass National Forest is working together to restore the Sitkoh River, one of Southeast Alaska's prime coho salmon and steelhead producers that also hosts significant numbers of pink salmon.

– Fly Rod & Reel


Friday, January 7, 2011

Meet new leader of Leader Creek

In his early years at his car dealerships, Pattison became well known for selecting the car salesman with the lowest sales at the end of every week and firing him.

– Pacific Fishing, January

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Doubts about young fish commish

Another group is opposing Gov. Sean Parnell's choice of Cora Campbell as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his blog: Deckboss

Alaska Fisheries Report

Coming up this week, the Copper River sockeye forecast is looking good for this season, trollers have some money coming to them, and we have an update on hatchery crab. We had help this week from Deckboss Blogger Wesley Loy in Anchorage, KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka, KCHU's Tony Gorman in Valdez, and KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg.

– KMXT, Kodiak

Greenpeace founder criticizes group

I became a sensible environmentalist; Greenpeace became increasingly senseless as it adopted an agenda that is anti-science, anti-business, and downright anti-human. This is the story of our transformations.

– Vancouver Sun

Fuel removed from grounded Cal vessel

Thousands of gallons of toxic material were removed from the Phyllis J, relieving environmental concerns posed when the 60-foot commercial boat overturned off the coast of Francis State Beach early Tuesday morning.

– Half Moon Bay Review

Without hatcheries, salmon disappear

At present Fish & Wildlife, Fish & Game and environmental NGOs are proposing removal of dams and hatcheries, theorizing that salmonids will return to historic spawning grounds and increase production. The reality is that without dams and hatcheries there would be little salmonid production in the Pacific Northwest, as historic data demonstrates.

– Siskiyou Daily, California

Smart packaging reflect fish freshness

An intelligent food wrapping that changes colour if the contents are going bad has been created by scientists.

– Daily Mail, U.K.

Microbes eat up Gulf spill methane

Bacteria made quick work of the tons of methane that billowed into the Gulf of Mexico along with oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout, clearing the natural gas from the waterway within months of its release.

– Wall Street Journal

Refrigeration workshop in Petersburg

To help commercial fishermen improve their operation and maintenance of onboard marine refrigeration systems, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is partnering with Integrated Marine Systems, Inc., to offer a one-day workshop Feb. 1, in Petersburg.

– Alaska Sea Grant


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